Evolutionary Biology

Volume 33 of the series Evolutionary Biology pp 27-138

The Evolutionary Origin and Maintenance of Sexual Recombination: A Review of Contemporary Models

  • John A. BirdsellAffiliated withDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • , Christopher WillsAffiliated withDepartment of Biology and Center for Molecular Genetics, University of California

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This review is intended to be a global examination of the various hypotheses for the origin and maintenance of genetic recombination and out-crossing, with a look at the surprisingly limited amounts of experimental evidence that has been obtained in order to distinguish among them. It is designed for the reader who wishes an overview of the current state of this large and complex field. However, it is simply not possible to deal in detail with the many competing and complementary hypotheses without turning the review into a book. We apologize in advance to those whose ideas and contributions may have been left out, or may not have been dealt with in the detail that they would like.